Restore The Health of Your Tooth
Are you experiencing severe pain in any of your teeth? This can be the result of tooth decay, and sometimes more than a filling is needed to restore your tooth’s health. If the decay has spread throughout your entire tooth and into your roots, you may need root canal therapy.
Root canal therapy is used to remove infected parts of your tooth including its “pulp” or roots. It’s used to treat severe cavities that regular fillings can’t. Tooth decay can make it painful for you to chew the foods you love, so root canal therapy will restore your freedom to eat whatever you please.
How Decay Affects Your Entire Tooth
Tooth decay occurs when bacteria begins to infect your tooth. The infection starts as a tiny spot and grows larger if left untreated. Over time, each layer of tissue in your tooth is affected. First, the crown of your tooth is compromised and then the pulp.
If the pulp becomes severely affected, the tooth can become weak and fall out or need to be extracted. A decayed tooth can cause you to avoid social situations or hinder your everyday life because of the discomfort it causes.
By receiving root canal therapy, you’ll restore not only the health of your tooth but all its functions. Most importantly, you’ll be able to eat and speak more comfortably and easily.
Signs Root Canal Therapy is Necessary
Do you suspect that you might need root canal therapy? If you’re experiencing constant or even frequent pain in your tooth, chances are that you do. However, there are a variety of symptoms that signal root canal therapy is the right treatment for you:
-Sensitivity to hot or cold substances
-Red, swollen gums
The Root Canal Therapy Process
It’s crucial that you contact us right away if you experience any of the symptoms listed above. When you come in for your consultation, Dr. Choe will evaluate your tooth to determine what treatment is necessary. If he decides root canal therapy is the best option for you, he’ll schedule a procedure time or perform it right then if both of your schedules allow.
Before root canal therapy, you’ll receive an anesthetic to numb your mouth and ensure you don’t feel any pain during the procedure. Next, Dr. Choe will use a dental tool to create a tiny hole in the crown of your tooth. This will be used to remove the infected pulp. Finally, your tooth will be filled with a rubber-like dental material to prevent it from further damage.
While our goal is always to save your natural teeth, sometimes they become too infected. If too much of the tooth is compromised by bacteria, it’ll be impossible to restore it with root canal therapy. Instead, Dr. Choe may recommend replacing the tooth. He may choose to extract it and provide you with a natural-looking dental implant or a bridge.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does root canal therapy hurt?
At Westlake Family Dentistry, your comfort is important to us. We’ll make sure the procedure is painless by providing you with an anesthetic to numb the area.
Should my tooth hurt a week after the procedure?
You may experience some discomfort after the surgery as your mouth heals. If this occurs, you can take pain medication such as ibuprofen to eliminate it. However, if the pain persists for longer than a week, you may need to have your tooth re-evaluated.
What is root canal retreatment?
If your tooth becomes re-infected after receiving root canal therapy, Dr. Choe can retreat it by removing the old filling and placing a new one.
What is a hot tooth?
This is when you experience severe pain in the pulp of your tooth due to permanent damage. Patients with hot teeth require more anesthesia during the procedure to make sure they don’t feel discomfort.
How can you tell if a tooth is dead?
If a tooth is no longer receiving blood flow, this means that it’s dead. If your tooth turns a different color than the rest of them, this could be a sign of a dead tooth. Bad breath and swelling are also signs to look for.
How do I know if the nerves in my tooth are dead?
Similarly to a dead tooth, nerves that have died can cause extreme pain and swelling. However, sensitivity to extreme temperatures may be symptoms of dead nerves.
Can root canal therapy cause headaches?
It’ll most likely take you a few days to recover from root canal therapy. During this time, you may experience slight swelling or headaches. If pain medication doesn’t treat your headache, contact our office at (910) 864-2944 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Choe.
Contact Us to Save Your Tooth
Tooth pain can not only take a toll on your everyday life, but it can also be dangerous for your health. If you are experiencing extreme discomfort or sensitivity, you may be in need of root canal therapy. Contact our staff at (910) 864-2944 to learn more about the process.